Witham (UK Parliament constituency)

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County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Witham in Essex.
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Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 67,451 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Priti Patel (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Braintree, Colchester
European Parliament constituency East of England

Witham is a parliamentary constituency represented by Priti Patel, who served as the Secretary of State for International Development between 14 July 2016 and 8 November 2017, in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


Following a review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission for England made radical alterations to existing constituencies to allow for an extra seat to be created due to increased population. As a consequence, electoral wards from the districts of Braintree, Colchester and Maldon were used to create a new constituency of Witham.

From Braintree
  • Black Notley and Terling, Bradwell, Silver End and Rivenhall, Coggeshall and North Feering, Hatfield Peverel, Kelvedon, Witham Chipping Hill and Central, Witham North, Witham South, and Witham West
From Maldon
From Colchester
  • Birch and Winstree, Copford and West Stanway, Marks Tey, Stanway and Tiptree

Constituency profile[edit]

One of the safest Conservative seats in the county and by extension one of the safest in the United Kingdom, Essex's newest seat seems likely to return only Conservative members, though paradoxically, the town of Witham is the only area of real Labour strength in the region, being represented by one District Councillor alongside seven Conservative Councillors.

Witham itself is an industrial town, on the Great Eastern main line railway from London to Norwich, with some heavy industry and London commuter belt residential areas – the strength of the Labour vote here was just enough to turn the former Braintree seat red in 1997 on the previous boundaries.

However, the town is small, and the Witham seat extends to cover a huge part of rural central Essex where affluent commuter villages and farming communities sit side by side, united in almost universal support for the Conservatives.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Priti Patel Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Witham [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Priti Patel 31,670 64.3 Increase 6.8
Labour Phil Barlow 13,024 26.4 Increase 10.6
Liberal Democrat Jo Hayes 2,715 5.5 Decrease 0.6
Green James Abbott 1,832 3.7 Decrease 0.6
Majority 18,646 37.9 Decrease 3.6
Turnout 49,400 71.5 Increase 1.2
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.9
General Election 2015: Witham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Priti Patel 27,123 57.5 Increase 5.3
UKIP Garry Cockrill[5] 7,569 16.0 Increase 9.5
Labour John Clarke 7,467 15.8 Decrease 2.7
Liberal Democrat Josephine Hayes[6] 2,891 6.1 Decrease 13.6
Green James Abbott[7] 2,038 4.3 Increase 1.3
Christian Peoples Doreen Scrimshaw[8] 80 0.2 N/A
Majority 19,554 41.5 Increase 9.1
Turnout 47,168 70.3 Increase 0.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase 9.5
General Election 2010: Witham[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Priti Patel 24,448 52.2 Increase 2.5
Liberal Democrat Margaret Phelps 9,252 19.8 Increase 4.6
Labour John Spademan 8,656 18.5 Decrease 13.9
UKIP David Hodges 3,060 6.5 N/A
Green James Abbott 1,419 3.0 N/A
Majority 15,196 32.4 N/A
Turnout 46,835 70.2 Increase 6.6
Conservative hold Swing Increase 1.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)
  3. ^ https://www.braintree.gov.uk/generalelection2017
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ http://meetyournextmp.com/area/287-witham/humans
  6. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#East of England
  7. ^ http://witham-braintree.greenparty.org.uk/news/2014-11-19-candidates.html
  8. ^ "CPA Candidates for the General Election". Christian Peoples Alliance. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

Coordinates: 51°48′N 0°39′E / 51.80°N 0.65°E / 51.80; 0.65